Hibriten is among one of the oldest mountains in the United States, according to geologists, and was probably created by an upward thrust of the earth. Because of its hard rock, it has not eroded as some of its surrounding territory has through the millions of years.
When colonists first arrived in Caldwell County they found hundreds of wild turkeys roosting on the mountain, and therefore, called it Turkey Cock.
During the civil war men hid in a cave on the mountain to avoid capture by the Yankees.
The name of the mountain was changed in 1875 by an English school teacher, Emma Baker, who renamed it in honor of her hometown: Brighton, England.
In the early 1900’s a pavilion was constructed on the mountain, and folks held dances in it to the music of fiddle players.